VPN: Why You Should be Using One

As your happily clicking around the internet, browsing Facebook or laughing at your mates exploits on social media – it’s easy to develop a sense of safety on these user friendly sites.  The internet has developed to the point where there are now few areas which doesn’t impact your life.  Millions of us sit down every day and organise, control and plan aspects of our lives using the internet.

However, have you ever thought about the sort of information that you regularly transmit over the internet and how secure it really is.  A decade ago, most financial transactions took place face to face, over the phone or by using the postal service.   Finding decent insurance quotes involved endless phone calls or traipsing around visiting brokers on the high street.  Now those days have gone, most of us do this sort of stuff online filling in forms and quote requests online on company or price comparison websites.

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The problem is that is very difficult to tell how much of this data is being kept secure.  There are no simple standards for computer security, no real way to tell how safe a website is or a form for submitting your details.  Sure you can look for the little lock for HTTP on  your browser but there’s no way of telling if this has been implemented correctly or securely.   In reality all you do is type in your information, click to send and hope for the best.

The main issue is that if the company your dealing with doesn’t implement some level of security there is little available by default.  The internet is pretty much insecure out of the box, with the majority of communication operating across shared hardware in clear text.   This means that anyone can potentially intercept this information in transit there is virtually no protection especially on non-secure websites.  Not surprisingly, this has led many people to use software to protect their information which mostly revolve around proxies and VPN services.  However before you dash off and decide to buy proxy service to protect yourself, please think again.  Although proxies offer a limited amount of protection, they lack one important function – they don’t protect your information by encrypting it.

This is why you really need a VPN, a Virtual Private network not only hides your location it also encrypts all data as it’s being transferred.  This means that you don’t have to worry about your connection being intercepted as it is essentially unreadable.

Further Reading:

Learning to use a Proxy Program 

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